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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 5, 2008 7:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

OK, guys, here's the deal...a little birdie clued me in recently to a major Charlie Miller upgrade of my all-time favorite show (no need to mention it here; long-time forum users are sick of hearing me bombast about it).

Problem is, it's not available on LMA...only as one of them pesky torrent thingies at a different location...those who know, know what I mean...it's no real secret.

Now, the good news is, I WAS able to DL a zip file of it....so, i HAVE the show....BUT the bad news is, I can't seem to open or play it on any of the media I have (itunes, Windows media, and RealPlayer all send error messages of the "this function not supported blah blah blah" variety.)

So my question is--since i actually have the Flac files in a zip folder, what do I need to do in order to open/play/save/record to disc this audio masterpiece?

any and all help gladly accepted, and apologies if the answer is so obvious as to not merit acknowledgment..I would ask that you humor me & help anyway, b/c I am very technologically challenged and am frankly amazed I was able to import the Flac files at all.

Now I just need to know how to get 'em out of the computer and into my ears & brain.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 5, 2008 8:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

Ok - presuming you've successfully unzipped the flacs, you now have to convert flac to wav or aiff (depending I guess on whether you're a mac or a windoze guy). I'm on a mac and use a neat little program called xACT - free download, no frills, works every time - http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21952

If that's no good for you, I'm pretty sure arb or one of the other PC guys here will point you in the right direction.
Once you have you wavs or aiffs it's simply a case of loading them into iTunes and enjoying!

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 5, 2008 8:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

Thanks Rob...I am a "windows" captive, so I may need a little help to just poke around there and convert to wav files...I sure hope it can be done...I mean, i'm staring at these Flac tracks from this incredible show, just dying to hear what most have said is a significant sound upgrade, and...hell of a tease is all.

btw, it took for-ever to DL that show...is that normal for "seeding" bittorent shows?

I should add that all this will have to wait til I get home later today...i'm at work now & they'd frown on my accessing 10/29/77 at the major priority of my day.

This post was modified by grendelschoice on 2008-06-05 15:42:12

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 5, 2008 9:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

Bittorrent speeds vary enormously - some download pretty quickly but a few I've tried have either never got started at all or have ground to a halt part way through. You're really reliant on how many are seeding the show at any one time. I will use bittorrent now and then but on the whole I prefer it if I can just do a straight download from a server.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 5, 2008 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

Yes, me too....but I've heard some swear there's a noticeble diff. in quality w/torrents...I was more excited about the fact that it's a Miller upgrade, which have never let me down before.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 6, 2008 12:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

This supposed difference in quality has to be one of those internet myths doesn't it? If you end up with the exact same digital file how can it possibly make any difference how it got on to your computer, whether it was torrent, download or burned to a disc someone sent you in the mail? Beats me anyway.

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Poster: daliguana Date: Jun 5, 2008 9:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

I thought you were talking about that show. I just completed converting the flac to wav with winamp - but I'm keeping the flac files to play on foobar - just converting to be able to play it on iPod. Good thing we got the show when we did - seems as if LL may have gone the way of the arrow.

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Poster: wineland Date: Jun 5, 2008 2:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

If your are talking 10.29.77 and if you still are having troubles, then I can send you a copy of the flac files or as audio cds. Just reply back if you still need some help.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 6, 2008 5:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

Hey, thanks very much for that offer, Wineland--I may take you up on it.

Still experimenting right now...I was able to get a Winamp program set up & can now play the flac files in it...but i still need to get them converted to wav to get into itunes...also i'd like to be able to burn these files to CD...i may be able to do that in winamp w/out converting the flac, but i'm not real sure about that yet.

If i hit a total wall, i'll yell for your help...that 10/29/77 show deserves to be heard in the best-sounding form possible!!!!

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Poster: wineland Date: Mar 8, 2009 4:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

I use Winamp to listen to my music via laptop. I don't use it for burning. I have an old copy of Nero that works well. There is a program to play SHN files on winamp as well, called shnamp. Get it here: http://etree.org/shnamp.html

You can use the flac software to convert the software to wav files. There is a check box under General options that you can opt to delete the input files. Make sure this is not checked. Then drag the files into the white box that says files over it. Click decode and you will have both wav and flac in the folder you had the concert in. Get the Flac software here: http://flac.sourceforge.net/download.html


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Poster: amosearle Date: Jun 5, 2008 12:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

You can educate yourself well in the ways of shn and flac by reading from the links Phil Lesh provides for that purpose on his site. You'll get a clue for what you are doing and have some good options for freeware with which to do it.

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Poster: daliguana Date: Jun 5, 2008 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

one word: foobar

Foobar is freeware, very good little media player, will play .flac w/out the need to convert it.
Otherwise, you'll need the flac converter plug-in for winamp. I suggest that you just google foobar.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 5, 2008 8:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

A billion thank-yous. I will give it a try!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jun 5, 2008 11:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

Traders little helper will convert to WAV - it is free and easy to use. Just google it, it is easy to find.

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Poster: Nothing Special Date: Jun 5, 2008 12:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tech-savvy Dead Brothers--I need your help!

I`m pretty sure you can get ffmpeg for windows. Assuming you can, go to the command line, navigate to the directory the file is in and type :-

ffmpeg -i nameofyourfile.flac nameofyourfile.wav


Don`t delete the flacs though.